On April 12, the Komi Arbitration Court declared bankrupt for multimillion-dollar debts the former head of the region, Vyacheslav Gaizer, who is serving a term in a strict regime colony for a number of corruption and other crimes, the press service of the court told Kommersant. The reason was the statement of Komi Holding Company JSC, which is seeking to recover more than 64 million rubles from the ex-governor. Earlier, the regional committee for property and land relations demanded more than 1 billion rubles from the official. in the case of Zelenetskaya Poultry Farm JSC.
As follows from the court materials, the Komi Holding company (JSC Komi Holding Company, formerly JSC Corporation for the Development of the Republic of Komi, JSC Fund for Supporting Investment Projects of the Republic of Komi) filed a lawsuit to recognize Vyacheslav Gaizer as insolvent because of his debt of 64 million rubles. According to Kommersant, this structure, with a stake owned by Komi, was responsible for the implementation of state programs related to the development of the economy and industry in the region.
The statement stated that in 2019, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow convicted several defendants in the Gaiser case (Vyacheslav Gaiser, businessman Valery Veselov, ex-speaker of the Komi State Council Igor Kovzel and financier Natalia Motorina) of embezzling funds from the Investment Projects Support Fund OJSC Republic of Komi” (part 4, article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The court verdict states that in 2009 the attackers organized the acquisition by the fund from one of the firms of 98% of the shares of the authorized capital for more than 268 million rubles, which is 64 million rubles. exceeded the real market value.
By the decision of the arbitration court in relation to Vyacheslav Gaizer, a procedure for the sale of property was introduced.
On June 10, 2019, the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sentenced Vyacheslav Gaizer to 11 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 160 million rubles, and his former deputy Alexei Chernov to 9 years in a strict regime and a similar fine. Together with the rest of the defendants in the criminal case, they were found guilty of taking bribes, fraud and legalization of property obtained by criminal means.
The key asset seized by the attackers was the Zelenetskaya Poultry Farm worth at least 2.4 billion rubles.
The entire stake in Zelenetskaya was removed from the state property of Komi eight years ago by decision of the then leadership of the region. As the head of the republic, Vyacheslav Gaiser and members of his team registered the securities of a profitable agricultural state-owned enterprise in the ownership of Metallurgical Leasing Company LLC, an affiliate of them. Lost dividends from the work of the poultry farm were estimated at 1.5 billion rubles.
Vyacheslav Gaizer continues to be in a strict regime colony in the Tver region. His sentence expires in 2026.